Kiawah Island Digest June 2020 - Page 8

EXPLORE KIAWAH Have a Kiawah Adventure With Tidal Trails Dolphins playing and feeding are a common sight in Kiawah’s waterways. Kiawah has so many special places, from the far reaches of the beach on the eastern end of the island to the expanses of marsh that carpet the island’s borders in green. Yet it’s the water that keeps our attention. In 1925, when DuBose Heyward published Porgy, he wrote of the beach on his fictionalized version of the island, named Kittiwar. “From the adjacent beach came the steady, cool thunder of the sea and the unremitting hum of sand, as tireless winds scooped it from the dunes and sent it in low, flat-blown layers across the hard floor of the beach.” group paddles and more. Tidal Trails has been offering guided nature tours, instruction and customized tours in the area since 1997. Tidal Trails owner, Captain Duane Lapp, became a licensed United States Coast Guard Master Captain 20 years ago in Hilton Head. When he decided to retire and move to Charleston to be closer to his son and grandson, he soon began looking for a watersports business to buy after getting bored with retirement. Captain Lapp says, “I never get tired of being on the water!” Reading that quote today, you can hear the waves in your mind and feel the waterhardened sand underfoot. The characters in Heyward’s book came by boat from Charleston and it’s still one of the best ways to experience Kiawah Island. With sea spray and shorebird song in the air, an adventure is waiting in the inlets, creeks and rivers if you know where to look. Fortunately for members, expert guidance is near at hand through KICA’s partnership with Tidal Trails, which offers tours of the waterways through custom boats tours, small Tubing is one of the many fun and family-friendly activities you can try. 8 | KIAWAH ISLAND DIGEST